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Different users editing Saudi Arabia in and out of answer

OP here. I have not participated in the edit war and do not intend to, but I do stand by my opinion that Saudi Arabia is a "tinpot dictatorship" (well, perhaps more of a gold-pot one). I also ...
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How to properly remove sensitive information after it was posted?

Flag for moderator attention and explain exactly what the issue is. Include the revision number of edited questions with such information for ease of finding. Moderators can then purge the revision ...
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Should I roll back this edit to my question? (Black-> Dark skinned)

Roll it back. Per Meta.SE, editing is justified "to make things better, clearer, more effective -- never to change meaning". As you state, "dark skinned" is not the same as "black", and "black" is ...
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Poll on mass editing / 'flooding' / re-tagging impacts (of older posts)

Some mass edits are useful, but others are annoying if not actively harmful. Mass edits involving more than N edits (for some value of N to be determined) should be proposed on meta and discussed ...
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Correcting language errors in quotes from official sources?

Great question! The content should not be changed because then it becomes an 'altered' citation. That's a bad thing. When professionals find situations like these, they use an editorial convention, "...
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What is the stance on unfamiliar English words?

My mantra is: if it makes the post clearer then edit it. Expressions and idioms that are geographically localised can be, by that same nature, not familiar to the rest of the people browsing the site ...
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Rejected edit due to deviate from OP post - Disagreement

I think you're fine. Your edit was fine to my eyes, it does not make any drastic changes and does not change the intent of the post. Had I edited myself I'm not sure I would have done the bullet ...
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What to do if an answer is false?

Don't flag. It's not up to the mods to decide if it's correct or not - we can't be experts in everything and know the 'truth'. Step 1 - downvote. Step 2 - COMMENT. ALWAYS COMMENT IF YOU DOWNVOTE. ...
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Why do so many identify-this questions feature odd or archaic words for landscape features?

My guess is that these keywords are "get into HNQ" cards. I think that this is just a strategy to game the HNQ (Hot Network Questions)/reputation system. Using an obscure word will give your question ...
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Poll on mass editing / 'flooding' / re-tagging impacts (of older posts)

Edits should be batched and just a few done at a time, so that we don't clog up the front page. Yay for editing old stuff and it's useful, but it needs to be done sparingly.
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A friendly reminder that one can EDIT as well as close a question

I would like to expand on the usefulness of the edit button presented in the review queues (both the close vote and the low quality queue). For the close vote review queue, it is explicitly mentioned ...
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Is it okay to 'flood' the front page?

Until SE implements the following feature: Give mods/communities better tools for large retagging jobs I'm afraid that manually editing the tags out is the only way to go about this. By design this ...
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Different users editing Saudi Arabia in and out of answer

I'm not going to directly comment on this dispute (I'd be too biased), but I'd like to point out as background that jptokal is reasonably familiar with Saudi Arabia, just like the person he was in ...
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Poll on mass editing / 'flooding' / re-tagging impacts (of older posts)

tl;dr: do a few quality edits, avoid shitty mass edits I would like to bring up the argument of edit quality here. Many mass edits that I have seen and found annoying has been minor stuff on old, ...
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Is it okay to 'flood' the front page?

I think flooding the front page of any forum or Q&A site is poor behavior, it is usually frowned upon and it does disrupt the normal flow of things. If a multiple action has to be done, it should ...
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Is it okay to 'flood' the front page?

A good alternative to this is to do five questions at a time. Do five questions, then wait maybe 45 minutes and do five more. Sure, it takes longer that way, but it doesn't all have to be done by one ...
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How much do I cut and how much do I leave

You should update the answer with the most recent information, so that it becomes accurate, factual, and complete. Hence, you should cut out the outdated parts, insert the updated ones, and re-write ...
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May I request a second opinion on this edit rejection?

I did reject the edit, in hindsight I should have accepted it. I missed the strong feelings, which could have been kept even without offensive wordings, The edit has been handled by someone else now, ...
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Correcting language errors in quotes from official sources?

In some cases, I'd argue it's appropriate to fix the typo - when it is truly a typo and does not change the meaning of the sentence. Most commonly that would be with spelling mistakes. This also ...
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These edits cleaning up the language, shouldn't have been rejected

You may have noticed the meme in the question, where we have a whole series of questions with this title, affectionately known as the Bathroom 101 series, in some of the [chat] circles. Some might ...
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Is it okay to 'flood' the front page?

I think this is indeed traditionally frowned upon (vaguely recall reading about this) but one practical reason hasn't been mentioned: It reduces exposure to new questions asked right before a series ...
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Should we be editing each other's posts for style and regional spelling?

When people start out editing as new users and their edits go to the wait list to be approved, they are asked not to do minor edits. I feel that is a good basic rule. But there are exceptions. ...
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Changing the meaning of a question

My current opinion is that changing the meaning of the question is not OK. After initially not liking the edit (emotional response), I then found that it does indeed make the question more objective ...
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Why was this suggested edit rejected? Should I quit submitting (some kind of) edits?

I think the proposed edit should have been approved. Addressing some of the concerns raised in the other answer: (concern that your edit prevents other from editing): If another user with the edit ...
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Different users editing Saudi Arabia in and out of answer

If the edit "war" ends here and nobody, (other than OP) tries to add (or remove) Saudi Arabia again, I guess it's alright. (Since, and only since, OP has said in a comment that he/she is fine with ...
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Is it okay to 'flood' the front page?

I don't see the problem with mass edits, if there's work to be done on some tag there's no point postponing it because it might flood the front page. That said, I've made this search query into a ...
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"Is it true that <statement>"

As an author of one of the linked questions - go ahead and edit it. In total we have 17 such questions - feel free to update them too, for better readability.
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Why was my edit rejected?

I rejected your edit. As some people are very serious about chemtrails, whether you or I believe in them makes no difference, OP had them mentioned, in a way that showed he wanted them in. It is not ...
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Edit history bug

As far as I remember I have seen it called the grace period and it is common on several or all Stack Exchange sites. SeeĀ Editing FAQ on Meta for more information. So I would not call it a bug but a ...
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How to handle questions if the user changes accounts?

This is a somewhat common situation, which can be split into two separate issues: What to do with the suggested edit? What to do with the "duplicate" user? Handling Edits from Re-Registered/...
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